More than a hundered Israeli settlers forcibly took over a Palestinian home in the Old City of Hebron, raising tensions in the city amid widespread anger over Israeli-imposed restrictions on entry to al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
The Israelis raided the Abu Rajabs’ family home, located in the southern occupied West Bank, on Wednesday.
Human right activists caught the moment on video and circulated the footage on social media.
Issa Amro, director of the Hebron-based Youth Against Settlements activist group, said the settlers began moving their furniture in on Thursday, “right in front of the Israeli police and the army”.
The Human Rights Defenders NGO posted a video on Facebook showing soldiers shoving and roughing up members of the Abu Rajab family as hundreds of settlers applauded.
“The Abu Rajab family has been attacked by soldiers, police and settlers, and they were very intimidated,” Amro told Al Jazeera, explaining that the takeover comes after a week of settler attacks in the city.